Holy Week & Easter

First time visitors might find directions and parking information useful, as well as information on our theology and practice of worship. Childcare (Infant – K) is provided during our Sunday morning worship services and regular Wednesday programs, though children of all ages are welcome to be present in worship. If you wish to take advantage of childcare, please speak to an usher or greeter in the Narthex, the lobby area located just inside the outside doors to our Sanctuary.

A printable list is available here.

CBF Season of Prayer for Global Missions and Easter Offering

April 1-30, 2017

The CBF Offering for Global Missions is the primary source of support ensuring the long-term presence of field personnel around the world — funding salaries, benefits, housing costs and children’s educational needs. Envelopes can be found in the pew racks. If you would like to make a contribution online, please select “Global Missions.”

Easter Lilies

Deadline: Sunday, April 2, 2017

Our Sanctuary will be adorned with traditional lilies on Easter Sunday, April 16. You may purchase lilies in memory or honor of a loved one for $11.00 per lily. Specially marked envelopes are in the pew racks. Please make all checks payable to RRCB, and place the envelopes in the offering plate or give your envelope to the Church Office.

Palm Sunday Service of Worship

Sunday, April 9, 2017
11:00 a.m., Sanctuary

Sermon by Daniel Glaze
Anthems by the Chancel Choir and Chancel Bell Choir

Palm Sunday is the day we remember the “triumphal entry” of Jesus into Jerusalem, exactly one week before His resurrection. Palms are distributed at this service. The processional will be led by the children waving palms, reminiscent of the crowd greeting Jesus. A reception will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall.

Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 9, 2017, Following Worship
Preschool: Lower Commons Courtyard
Elementary: Front Plaza

Chapel Open for Prayer

Monday-Friday, April 10-14, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please feel free to visit our Chapel during Holy Week. Devotional material will be in the Chapel narthex.

No Wednesday Night Dinner & Programs

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Labyrinth Walk & Stations of the Cross

Fellowship Hall
Thursday, April 13, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00* p.m.
Friday, April 14, 2017,  9:00 a.m. to 8:00* p.m.
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00* p.m.

* Please begin a labyrinth meditation 45 to 60 minutes before the ending times listed above.

Our canvas labyrinth is a replica of the one originally laid in the twelfth century in the floor of the Chartes Cathedral in France. As Holy Week comes to a close, River Road Church cordially invites you to experience a meditative walk. Written material on the last words of Christ as well as material about the labyrinth’s history and symbolism will be available. We suggest that you allow approximately 45 to 60 minutes for the labyrinth experience.

The Stations of the Cross will be in the Fellowship Hall along with the Labyrinth. The walk takes no longer than a lunch break. The fourteen Stations of the Cross trace Jesus’ path from Pilate’s house to Golgotha to His tomb, mixing some events that we find in Scripture with some that come to us via the tradition of the church. Each station will have a written explanation and prayer. You may walk and read these to yourself or come in a group and have a person read at each station.

Maundy Thursday Service of Remembrance & Tenebrae

Thursday, April 13, 2017
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Anthems by the Chancel Choir
(Childcare provided by request)

This evening will focus on two important events. First, we observe a special Communion service in memory of Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples. Second, Jesus’ self-giving act for our salvation is observed through Tenebrae, a ritual in which the gradual extinguishing of the candles occurs while the story of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion is read.

Help Decorate for Easter!

Friday, April 14, 2017
9:00 a.m., Sanctuary

Volunteers are needed to help adorn our sanctuary for Easter. There are tasks for all kinds of abilities–a little bit of flower arranging as well as a lot of lily placing. The Chancel Committee would love to have you!

Easter Service of Worship

Sunday, April 16, 2017
11:00 a.m., Sanctuary

Sermon by Daniel Glaze
Music by the Chancel Choir, Brass Quintet, and Timpani

The service is marked by joy and emphasizes the Easter theme of new life. This year we will worship together at 11:00 a.m. The service will be preceded by music beginning at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School classes are planning their own gatherings before worship. If you’d like to attend a class that morning, please ask one of the greeters for assistance or contact Rev. Libby Grammer.